Samsung unveils curved Gear S smartwatch

Ian Hardy

August 27, 2014 10:52pm

Samsung’s latest smartwatch packs 3G connectivity.

The Tizen-powered Gear S is a dramatic shift away from the plethora of previous wearables from Samsung, sporting an elongated curved display that “fits comfortably on a user’s wrist.” The 2-inch Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 360 x 480 and performs common user functions such as reading messages, alerts and notifications. Samsung also included “customizable screen options” that give Gear S a sense of individuality.

Probably the biggest clincher for the Gear S is the inclusion of 3G connectivity that brings a data connection to one’s wrist, so no more pairing with your smartphone to make calls or surf the web (the Gear S also has Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity). Samsung states this “powerful wearable experience gives consumers the freedom to live their life on the go.”

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Additional specs of the Gear S include a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, and a 300mAh battery. As for embedded sensors, the Gear S comes with a heart rate monitor, GPS, compass, and barometer. The device’s dimensions are 39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5mm, and it is IP67 certified dust and water resistant.

As for availability, the Gear S will be launch in “global markets” beginning this October. No indication of price points.

  • Adam Reinhardt

    Market flooded in 3…2…1…

    • Bentley

      If that means lower prices, by all means they should flood the market!

  • Guest

    300 man what a joke

    • Clarence Louie

      Don’t laugh, they may be Spartans.

  • St. Misery

    Damn, they may have already stolen Apple’s design before the iwatch is even announced.

    • marorun1982

      It’s do look a bit like some leak picture of the iwatch lol

    • Aiden

      You can’t steal something that doesn’t exist yet.

  • whoaaa

    not sure what’s worse – this new website layout or this samcrap product.

    • marorun1982

      Both i deeply hate both!
      Big grey zone on both side its disgusting!

  • Bentley

    So far the watch seems good to me, but I will reserve my final judgement until it is out for sale. I like the design better than the 360.

  • Buzz88

    I’m not a big fan of smartwatches but this is actually starting to look appealing. The screen is a more usable size and super AMOLED is the best. It’s actually somewhat stylish in a nerdy kinda way. I’m not sure about Tizen though (does it only work with a Samsung phone?) and if it’s $300+ then I doubt I would consider it.

    • marorun1982

      IF its to sync with a phone only Samsung phone will work ( unless you use an hacked apk.. )
      But its can be used whitout any smartphone at all ( as its got a modem for call and data )

    • Buzz88

      That would present another problem ie. a separate sim and data plan for your phone & watch which would be prohibitively expensive.

    • marorun1982

      If you want both yeah.
      But if you don’t take a smartphone this could be interesting as it’s replace the smartphone as well.

  • Kienerman

    they can keep coming up with new smart gear device but i won’t be buying any of their new line up any time soon until they start supporting their current ones like the gear fit btw i’m still waiting for replacement color strap.

  • ronnnyraygun1

    What’s up with comments about the battery? My Gear 2 Neo is 300mah and I get a solid 3-4 days out of it. Then it fully charges in not even an hour. Seriously, WTF people.

    • Dimitri

      Yeah same here. I guess those people leave everything on, on the watch and show it off to people in which the battery will die faster.